Women's hockey posts win in first NESCAC game in six weeks

Gab Venne '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Gab Venne '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College scored twice in the first period and goaltender Gab Venne '22 made it stand up as the Continentals posted a 2-1 NESCAC win against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

The Continentals (6-5-0, 2-3 NESCAC) doubled up Bowdoin in shots, 36-18. Venne improved her record to 3-3-0 with a 17-save performance in her sixth start in goal this season. The two teams meet again at Sage Rink on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.

The Polar Bears (4-5-2, 2-3-0) received a power-play goal from Brett Stoddard, and Dani Marquez turned away 34 shots. Bowdoin is 0-3-1 in its last four games.

Hamilton took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 9:08 of the first period during a 66-second 5-on-3 opportunity. A wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle by Kelli Mackey '20 was redirected by Jess Haviland '21, who was positioned just outside the left side of the crease, into Marquez. A wide-open Hyla Mosher '23 tapped the loose puck into the empty net from the opposite side of the crease for her second goal.

The Polar Bears tied the score while they had an extra skater with 4:08 left in the first. Nell Fusco one-timed a slap shot from above the right faceoff circle and Stoddard tipped it from the low slot past Venne.

Maura Holden '23 gave the Continentals the lead for good on the first goal of her Hamilton career with 2:01 remaining in the period. Emily Walther '21 played the puck off the right-side boards from her defensive zone up to Maddie Beitler '21 and she shuffled it to Holden at center ice. Holden carried the puck into the right faceoff circle and snapped a wrist shot that slid under Marquez and through her five-hole. Walther collected her first assist this season.

No goals were scored during the last two periods but there were some close calls. The Continentals' Missy Segall '21, who won 15 of 26 faceoffs, banged a shot off the crossbar 3:30 into the second period. A shot by Bowdoin's Izzi Stoddard clanged off the right post with about 3:30 to go in the third period. The Polar Bears pulled Marquez for a sixth skater with 30 seconds left and Venne was forced to make a nice kick save on Izzi Stoddard to preserve the victory.